I’ll give you a hint, our recommendations for ‘the city that never sleeps’ will bring excitement, culture, and many great feelings to your life – but relaxation is not one of them.
New York City has a tremendous amount to offer, and the more time you can spend in this city, the more time you will want to spend here.
Follow our top 10 recommended things to do in NYC for an unforgettable visit:
Walk through The Chelsea Market
Located in the heart of Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, above the Meatpacking district, the Chelsea Market is a food hall with tons of stalls and pop-up shops. Located in the former Nabisco factory, this building has significant history and genuine charm.
A crowd favorite in the Chelsea Market is Lobster Place – a fish market that offers fresh oysters, lobster, shrimp – you name it. Stand around the bar and enjoy a nice glass of wine with this high-quality seafood!
Address: 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA
Contact: +1 212-652-2110
Enjoy the views from 230 Fifth
Atop an office building on Fifth Avenue lies one of the city’s best views. The 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar stands right in front of the Empire State Building, allowing visitors an un-obstructed view of the city’s amazing skyline.
Enjoy a fully stocked bar, dinner, and if you’re cold during the winter – a red Snuggie!
Eat a Bagel!
New York is famous for its second-to-none bagels. You can find one on almost every corner, but here are our favorites:
Walk the High Line
Repurposed from an old railroad line, Manhattan’s High Line spans about 1.5 miles (and roughly 20 streets) along the West Side. As you walk, enjoy art installations, pop-up shops, and beautiful landscapes that are well kept and ever-changing.
See Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center is world-renowned for its Christmas Tree but is also home to some of New York’s best news and television productions.
For another incredible view of the city, visit the Top of the Rock; an observation deck and bar/ restaurant you will not soon forget.
Address: 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111, USA
Go to Times Square
When we say New York is the City that Never Sleeps – Times Square takes that even a step further. New York’s Theater District doesn’t even turn off the lights! Times Square is the heart of all of the action – the lights, the billboards, the characters roaming the streets for photo opportunities.
Before getting overwhelmed by the busy streets, consider our top Times Square recommendations:
- See a Broadway Show
- See the Rockette’s at Radio City Music Hall (Christmas time)
- Get a burger at Shake Shack
- Take a photo with the Naked Cowboy
- See the ball drop! (New Year’s Eve)
Go to the Whitney Museum
The Whitney Museum features all American Art; much of which the artists are still living. The contemporary art is welcoming, engaging, and highly powerful.
The Whitney stands above the High Line, and offers unique decks and staircases for city views of Chelsea and the River. There is also a café outside, offering fresh juices and light fare.
Address: 99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014, USA
Contact: +1 212-570-3600
Stroll through Central Park
It wouldn’t be a trip to NYC without a stroll in the park! While walking through this beautiful and iconic park is fulfilling in itself, there are a few landmarks you don’t want to miss:
- Central Park Zoo
- Bethesda Terrace and Fountain
- Belvedere Castle
- Loeb Boathouse
Address: New York, NY 10024, USA
Contact: +1 212-310-6600
New York Pizza is highly sought after and just can’t be replicated. Like the bagels, the unmatchable taste is attributed to the city’s water, and also like the bagels you can find pizza almost anywhere – but don’t give in to the $1 pizza signs and hold out for the best! Here are our favorites:
Pay respects at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is an incredibly emotional and moving experience, but certainly an important one. Walking through the Financial District, you will appreciate the scope of the city’s business landscape, and understand the hit that New York, and the world, took in 2001.
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Keira is a business development professional with a passion for travel, writing, and fitness. After she earned her Bachelor’s degree and committed to a New York City apartment, she promised herself that she would leave the state at least once per month. Since then, she has moved to Europe and shifted her goals to embrace new countries – their food, culture, music – all of it. And with great travel comes great responsibility to share stories.